Definitions of charge

  1. an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence; " the newspaper published charges that Jones was guilty of drunken driving"
  2. blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; " he charged me director with indifference"
  3. cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; " The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"
  4. assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to; " He was appointed deputy manager"; " She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance"
  5. heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
  6. request for payment of a debt; " they submitted their charges at the end of each month"
  7. attribute responsibility to; " We blamed the accident on her"; " The tragedy was charged to her inexperience"
  8. move quickly and violently; " The car tore down the street"; " He came charging into my office"
  9. impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to; " He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"
  10. a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time; " this cartridge has a powder charge of 50 grains"
  11. attention and management implying responsibility for safety; " he is under the care of a physician"
  12. ( psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object; " Freud thought of cathexis as a psychic analog of an electrical charge"
  13. a task that has been assigned to a person or group; " a confidential mission to London"; " his charge was deliver a message"
  14. a impetuous rush toward someone or something; " the wrestler's charge carried him past his adversary"; " the battle began with a cavalry charge"
  15. ( criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; " he was arrested on a charge of larceny"
  16. a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; " the judge's charge to the jury"
  17. cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution; " After the second episode, she had to be committed"; " he was committed to prison"
  18. give over to another for care or safekeeping; " consign your baggage"
  19. file a formal charge against; " The suspect was charged with murdering his wife"
  20. a special assignment that is given to a person or group; " a confidential mission to London"; " his charge was deliver a message"
  21. the swift release of a store of affective force; " they got a great bang out of it"; " what a boot!"; " he got a quick rush from injecting heroin"; " he does it for kicks"
  22. a person committed to your care; " the teacher led her charges across the street"
  23. the price charged for some article or service; " the admission charge"
  24. financial liabilities ( such as a tax); " the charges against the estate"
  25. saturate; " The room was charged with tension and anxiety"
  26. energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge; " I need to charge my car battery"
  27. cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on; " charge a conductor"
  28. set or ask for a certain price; " How much do you charge for lunch?"; " This fellow charges $ 100 for a massage"
  29. instruct or command with authority; " The teacher charged the children to memorize the poem"
  30. instruct ( a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence
  31. make an accusatory claim; " The defense attorney charged that the jurors were biased"
  32. to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle; " he saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork"
  33. direct into a position for use; " point a gun"; " He charged his weapon at me"
  34. fill or load to capacity; " charge the wagon with hay"
  35. provide with munition; " He loaded his gun carefully"
  36. place a heraldic bearing on; " charge all weapons, shields, and banners"
  37. lie down on command, of hunting dogs
  38. pay with a credit card; pay with plastic money; postpone payment by recording a purchase as a debt; " Will you pay cash or charge the purchase?"
  39. demand payment; " Will I get charged for this service?"; " We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights"
  40. enter a certain amount as a charge; " he charged me $ 15"
  41. To lay on or impose, as a load, tax, or burden; to load; to fill.
  42. To lay on or impose, as a task, duty, or trust; to command, instruct, or exhort with authority; to enjoin; to urge earnestly; as, to charge a jury; to charge the clergy of a diocese; to charge an agent.
  43. To lay on, impose, or make subject to or liable for.
  44. To fix or demand as a price; as, he charges two dollars a barrel for apples.
  45. To place something to the account of as a debt; to debit, as, to charge one with goods. Also, to enter upon the debit side of an account; as, to charge a sum to one.
  46. To impute or ascribe; to lay to one's charge.
  47. To accuse; to make a charge or assertion against ( a person or thing); to lay the responsibility ( for something said or done) at the door of.
  48. To place within or upon any firearm, piece of apparatus or machinery, the quantity it is intended and fitted to hold or bear; to load; to fill; as, to charge a gun; to charge an electrical machine, etc.
  49. To call to account; to challenge.
  50. To bear down upon; to rush upon; to attack.
  51. To make an onset or rush; as, to charge with fixed bayonets.
  52. To demand a price; as, to charge high for goods.
  53. To debit on an account; as, to charge for purchases.
  54. A load or burder laid upon a person or thing.
  55. A person or thing commited or intrusted to the care, custody, or management of another; a trust.
  56. Custody or care of any person, thing, or place; office; responsibility; oversight; obigation; duty.
  57. Heed; care; anxiety; trouble.
  58. Harm.
  59. An order; a mandate or command; an injunction.
  60. An address ( esp. an earnest or impressive address) containing instruction or exhortation; as, the charge of a judge to a jury; the charge of a bishop to his clergy.
  61. An accusation of a wrong of offense; allegation; indictment; specification of something alleged.
  62. The price demanded for a thing or service.
  63. An entry or a account of that which is due from one party to another; that which is debited in a business transaction; as, a charge in an account book.
  64. That quantity, as of ammunition, electricity, ore, fuel, etc., which any apparatus, as a gun, battery, furnace, machine, etc., is intended to receive and fitted to hold, or which is actually in it at one time
  65. The act of rushing upon, or towards, an enemy; a sudden onset or attack, as of troops, esp. cavalry; hence, the signal for attack; as, to sound the charge.
  66. A position ( of a weapon) fitted for attack; as, to bring a weapon to the charge.
  67. A soft of plaster or ointment.
  68. A bearing. See Bearing, n., 8.
  69. Weight; import; value.
  70. A formal accusation of criminal activity. The prosecuting attorney decides on the charges, after reviewing police reports, witness statements and any other evidence of wrongdoing. Formal charges are announced at an arrested person's arraignment.
  71. To squat on its belly and be still; - a command given by a sportsman to a dog.
  72. Whatever constitutes a burden on property, as rents, taxes, lines, etc.; costs; expense incurred; - usually in the plural.
  73. Thirty- six pigs of lead, each pig weighing about seventy pounds; - called also charre.
  74. To make an onset.
  75. To rush on or attack; load, as a gun; to command; instruct; accuse; to demand as a price; to place something on record as due from, or as a debt of.
  76. To make an attack.
  77. An onset; quantity with which a firearm, etc., is loaded; an obligation; an order; authoritative direction; price.
  78. To lay on or load: to impose or intrust: to fall upon or attack: to put to the account of: to impute to: to command: to exhort.
  79. That which is laid on: cost or price: the load of powder, etc., for a gun: attack or onset: care, custody: the object of care: command: exhortation: accusation.
  80. Load; injunction; object of care; care; accusation; onset.
  81. To load; enjoin; attack; impute to.
  82. To lay or impose something upon; instruct; enjoin.
  83. To set as a price; demand; set down something against; debit; accuse.
  84. To make an onset upon; attack.
  85. A load, as for a firearm.
  86. Care and custody, or the object cared for.
  87. A price; entry of indebtedness; tax; expense; cost.
  88. An admonitory address; instruction; command.
  89. An accusation.
  90. An impetuous onset; also, the signal for it.
  91. Care; custody; the object of care; order or command; injunction; duty; attack or onset; that which is laid on or in; burden; the quantity with which a gun is loaded; the instructions given by a judge to a Jury, or by a bishop to the clergy of his diecese; accusation; price; an entry on the debit side of an account; a quantity of electrical fluid communicated to a Leyden jar, & c.; the figures represented on the escutcheon, by which the bearers are distinguished from one another. A charge of lead, thirty- six pigs, each containing six stone, wanting two pounds each.
  92. To rush on and attack; to load or fill; to lay on or impose; to enjoin; to command; to place on the debit side of an account; to impute; to accuse; to entrust; to give directions to.
  93. That which is laid or imposed on; the quantity of powder and shot or balls necessary to load a gun or cannon; an onset or attack, as on an enemy in battle; any person, thing, or business intrusted or delivered over to another; a trust; exhortation or instructions by a judge to a jury, or by a bishop to his clergy; a solemn direction or command; accusation or imputation; the transactions that constitute a debt; cost; expense; rent or tax on property; the quantity of electricity sent into a coated jar.
  94. To rush on; to attack; to load, as a gun; to lay on, as a tax; to intrust to; to set down to, as a debt; to blame; to censure; to accuse; to command, exhort, or enjoin; to give directions to, as a judge to a jury, or a bishop to his clergy; to fill with the electrical fluid.

Usage examples for charge

  1. A charge of 10s. – In-Darkest-England-and-the-Way-Out by Booth, William
  2. She will place in your charge what she loves more than she does herself." – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. Well, Percival, what have you to say against this last charge? – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  4. I'm on duty then, and can't take my eye off my charge. – Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag by Louisa M. Alcott
  5. I make no charge. – Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  6. But it was out of his charge now. – Steve Yeager by William MacLeod Raine
  7. Why, it was little Molly, her own particular charge at school, whose reading lesson she heard every day. – Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield
  8. At the same moment Wayne cried, " Charge!" – The Napoleon of Notting Hill by Gilbert K. Chesterton
  9. How much shall I charge him? – The Home Mission by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  10. I wish your father and mother had never left you in my charge; for I don't know how to take care of you. – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell
  11. Take charge of these things, Rawlins. – The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp
  12. In less than a minute there were bumpies upon every one of them, and two of the bumpies took charge of Marian. – Half-Past Bedtime by H. H. Bashford
  13. You'll charge that I never told you that I loved you. – A Breath of Prairie and other stories by Will Lillibridge
  14. Are you to have charge of it?" – Grace Harlowe's Senior Year at High School or The Parting of the Ways by Jessie Graham Flower
  15. Besides, I look at what he said when he gave her in charge. – The Queen Against Owen by Allen Upward
  16. D'ye think he'd charge? – Tales from the Veld by Ernest Glanville
  17. He saw John coming out of the pawnbroker's the day before the charge was made against me." – Andy Grant's Pluck by Horatio Alger
  18. " I have a letter for Mr. Haye," said Winthrop, " which my brother left in my charge. – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  19. You can take entire charge. – The Heath Hover Mystery by Bertram Mitford
  20. I will take charge, if you want me to, but my voice is gone. – "And they thought we wouldn't fight" by Floyd Gibbons